Friday, September 12, 2014

NYU | First Assignment, 9/11 Anniversary


For my first assignment as a grad student at NYU, we were sent out in New York City to find a story—any story, any angle, any characters.

I found myself walking into the Trinity Boxing Club NYC and by a stroke of luck and curiosity, I found a gem of a story. It was published on Pavement Pieces—Check it out:

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Martin Snow, 54, owner of the Trinity Boxing Club NYC on September 11, 2014. Photo credit: Christina Dun

The building started to shake, the sky turned black and smoke began piling in. Martin Snow and a dozen others found themselves in a gym locker room with wet towels under the door, awaiting their fate.

“I thought we were going to die that day,” said Snow, as he recalled the morning of September 11, 2011 on the 13th anniversary yesterday. “I really thought we were going to die.”

Snow, 54, is the owner of Trinity Boxing Club NYC. In 2001, the gym was located at 44 New Street, a few blocks away from the Twin Towers. After receiving a phone call from his sister about a plane crash, Snow went out to see it for himself. He was among the thousands of onlookers standing below, and like most people, he thought it was an accident.

“I saw this paper coming down, like confetti,” he said. “It was like a parade.”

Then came the second plane.

“We just turned and ran. There was an underground garage and we ended up being stuck down there,” he said. “The hardest part about that day was the decisions you had to make. Do I go up or do I stay down? Do I stay put or go somewhere else? That was the toughest part because you didn’t know what to do. These decisions were really life or death.“

Read the full story >>HERE<<




- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Thursday, September 11, 2014

FASHION | Betsey Johnson @ NYFW SS15

Image via Facebook
"Attend a Betsey Johnson fashion show at New York Fashion Week."

That happened. The feeling of getting to cross that off my life dream to-do list was one of the coolest feelings. I have always been a huge fan of Betsey Johnson. As a designer, as a style icon, and as an all-around human being. She stays true to herself and has done so for her entire career, which I admire so much. She loves to have fun and live life to the fullest. I still can't get over the fact that I got to witness her signature runway cartwheel IRL. She's 72 years old and still going strong.


Here are some of my runway faves (photos by Dan Lecca):




 
 She's on the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars! Above: Betsey with her DWTS partner Tony Dovolani



Got a souvenir!

Spotted at the show: Christina Milian
Also in attendance: Willow Shields, Nigel Barker, Miss J. Alexander

Full show:


MORE BETSEY:

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

EVENTS | FASHION ROCKS

Image via Facebook
September 9th was a great day. From nearly getting kicked in the face by one of Nicki Minaj's dancers to rocking out with KISS to getting a high five from Luke Bryan to making eye contact with J. Lo, this was not a typical Tuesday. I had gotten a ticket to participate in the rehearsal for Fashion Rocks, a huge event that celebrates the relationship between music and fashion. I didn't really know what to expect, but it turned out to be an amazing insider's look into the production of the show. I took part in the full dress rehearsal as an audience member standing in the pits side stage—aka I was SO close to some of my favourite performers. Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to take any photos/videos while inside the rehearsal...

It was seriously amazing though. Highlight: watching Nicki Minaj rehearse Anaconda like four times in a row and being an arms reach away from Usher. And after the rehearsal, we were all given tickets to the actual show later that night!

The event took place at Barclays Center:

While I was waiting for the show to start, I ran into one of the stars of my fave show, Orange Is The New Black! I met Vicky Jeudy, aka Janae Watson, at Starbucks— she's so nice.

Inside Barclays Center - we were way up in the nosebleeds, but it was a pretty rad view of the whole stadium! The show was hosted by Ryan Seacrest and featured musical performances as well as fashion shows. It seriously combines my two loves. Also, there were other guest presenters, including iconic fashion designers, supermodels and artists including Steve Madden, John Varvatos, Paris Hilton, Lily Aldridge, Nick Jonas and Justin Bieber. 


The Biebs' appearance was quite the sight. He came out and the crowd immediately started booing him. Yes, he did continue to take off his clothes, which was lovely, but some people still had a very strong opinion of him. A woman a couple seats from me was yelling 'YOU F*CKING RACIST, GO BACK TO CANADA' - it was pretty interesting.





Some other highlights:


What a great Tuesday. I love New York.

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

FASHION | Concept Korea @ NYFW SS15

Photo via conceptkorea.org
My first New York Fashion Week show was on Tuesday, September 9th. I've always wanted to see what the atmosphere is like and it was pretty cool. I attended the Concept Korea show, which showcases various up-and-coming Korean designers. I saw LEYII by Seunghee Lee, Resurrection by Juyoung Lee and Beyond Closet by Taeyong Ko.



Here are some of my fave looks (photos by Dan Lecca):

LEYII


Resurrection


Beyond Closet


Great show!


More Info:

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

STORY | Style.tech


I have always loved the concept of NYC's STORY, located at 144 West 10th Ave. STORY is "a retail space that has the point of view of a magazine, changes like a gallery and sells things like a store."

Whenever I'm in the city, I always stop by for a visit. Previous stories:
A Love Story
Made In America
Making Things

The newest story is: style.tech — which I LOVE.
Take a look around:




Monday, September 8, 2014

MY LIFE | NYC Weeks 1 & 2


Originally, I wanted to do a weekly video giving you guys updates on my NYC life, but honestly there's just not enough time in this world for that......SO I'll be posting every couple weeks on my blog with photos from what I've been getting up to (fair warning, it will probably always involve food). I love exploring the city, so I'll definitely share some of the stellar spots that I stumble upon.

Weeks 1 & 2: August 24 - September 7

Left: Heck yes 
Right: Reunited with my pals from last summer